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Thoughts on writing, reading and life...

  • July 2, 2020
    I wrote a while back about The Oracles, the book group organized by our good friends Ted and Anne Gleason.
  • April 13, 2020
    A snowstorm without the snow. That's what it's like in our neighborhood. The streets eerily quiet and the grocery shelves almost bare.
  • January 10, 2020
    In 2013, National Geographic explorer Paul Salopek set out on a journey around the world — walking the path the first humans traveled beginning 60,000 years ago.
  • October 2, 2019
    Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mohandas Gandhi.
  • August 11, 2019
    Tenacious and persistent—these are our stories. Two current exhibits, one in Jamestown, Virginia, and the other in Washington, D.C., underscore women’s role women in changing the course of American...
  • May 20, 2019
    Social justice has long been at the heart of many of the subjects I write about. This spring, together with the Pulitzer Center team, I worked to select the next class of student fellows, many of...
  • May 4, 2019
    Reading from "The Rocket Book" at the Library of Congress: What happens when a rocket crashes through every floor of a 21-story apartment building surprising tenants at opportune (and inopportune)...
  • February 22, 2019
    Ruby Bridges, the first African American to attend an all-white school in Louisiana, told President Obama, “We all stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.”
  • August 3, 2018
    “Where can I be safe?” A 12-year old asks at the August 1 launch of “Losing Earth,” The New York Times Magazine cover story on the consequences of climate change.
  • July 18, 2018
    Today marks the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. On a trip to Oslo I visited the Nobel Peace Center, a museum that celebrates the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, among them Mandela, the...